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2019: The Year of PCI Express 4.0

Computer systems are about to get a whole lot faster. This year starting at the high end of the market a transition will begin toward systems based on PCI Express 4.0. The interconnect speed will double to 64GB/sec in a 16 lane connection. Tim Miller, Vice President Strategic Development for One Stop Systems, explores the expected speed and innovation stemming from the introduction of PCI Express 4.0. 

Mellanox NVMe SNAP Technology to Simplify Composable Storage

Today Mellanox announced NVMe SNAP (Software-defined, Network Accelerated Processing), a storage virtualization solution for public cloud, private cloud and enterprise computing. This new SNAP technology allows customers to compose remote server-attached NVMe Flash storage and access it as if it were local, to achieve all the efficiency and management benefits of remote storage, with the simplicity of local storage.

Supermicro Early Shipments Available: Intel Xeon Servers with Optane DC Persistent Memory

Today Supermicro launched its Early Shipment Program for servers and storage systems that customers can validate using next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors which are expected to be officially released later this year. “Supermicro’s entire X11 portfolio is optimized to fully leverage the next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors and future innovations including Intel Optane DC persistent memory and Intel Deep Learning Boost technology to enable more efficient AI (artificial intelligence) acceleration.”

Predictions for SC18: A change in climate for HPC?

In this special guest feature, Dr. Rosemary Francis from Ellexus offers up her predictions for SC18 in Dallas. “It’s almost time for SC18 and this year it’s a biggie. Here is what we expect to hear about at SC18 as the Ellexus team treads the show floor.”

Big Data over Big Distance: Zettar Moves a Petabyte over 5000 Miles in 29 Hours

Today AIC announced a world-record in data transfer: one petabyte in 29 hours encrypted data transfer, with data integrity checksum unconditionally enabled, over a distance of 5000 miles. The average transfer rate is 75Gbps, or 94% utilization of the available bandwidth of 80Gbps. “Even with massive amounts of data, this test confirmed once more that it’s completely feasible to carry out long distance, fully encrypted and checksum-ed data transfer at nearly the line-rate, over a shared and production network.”

NVMe SSDs and DRAM for High Performing Mixed Workloads

This guest article from Kingston Technology covers how NVMe SSDs and DRAM are being used for high performing mixed workloads. 

NVMe Flash: A New Level of High-Performance Data Consistency for the World’s Most Demanding Workloads

The pace of today’s data growth is staggering, and it’s keeping IT specialists on their toes. This guest post from Kingston Technology explores how innovation in storage like NVMe are working to keep up with today’s most demanding data work loads. 

Supermicro Steps up to HPC & AI Workloads at ISC 2018

In this video from ISC 2018, Perry Hayes and Martin Galle from Supermicro describe the company’s latest innovations for HPC and AI workloads. “Supermicro delivers the industry’s fastest, most powerful selection of HPC solutions offering even higher density compute clusters to deliver maximum parallel computing performance for any science and engineering, simulation, modeling, or analytics applications,” said Charles Liang, president and CEO of Supermicro.

Agenda Posted for ExaComm 2018 Workshop in Frankfurt

The ExaComm 2018 workshop has posted their Speaker Agenda. Held in conjunction with ISC 2018, the Fourth International Workshop on Communication Architectures for HPC, Big Data, Deep Learning and Clouds at Extreme Scale takes place June 28 in Frankfurt. ” The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and software/hardware designers from academia, industry and national laboratories who are involved in creating network-based computing solutions for extreme scale architectures. The objectives of this workshop will be to share the experiences of the members of this community and to learn the opportunities and challenges in the design trends for exascale communication architectures.”

Video: NVMe Takes It All, SCSI Has To Fall

Alexander Ruebensaal from ABC Systems AG gave this talk at the Swiss HPC Conference in Lugano. “NVMe has beome the main focus of storage developments when it comes to latency, bandwidth, IOPS. There is already a broad range of standard products available – server or network based.”